Highwaymen at Beggars' Bush

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  • The Neighbourhood of Dublin

The area in Dublin known as Beggar's Bush is located at the intersection of Lansdowne Road and Shelbourne Road, not far from Lansdowne Park. The placename was used as far back as the late 1500s, however the exact origin of the placename is uncertain.

There was an old ruined building called Le Fevre's Folly, which is believed to have been used as a meeting point for highwaymen, robbers, smugglers and those who had fallen on hard times. The ruined building offered a good view of the surrounding area.

Inhabitants of the nearby districts such as Ringsend, Irishtown, Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount rarely ventured out at night without being armed. The district was often in a lawless state, with robberies happening almost nightly, and citizens had to depend on their own resources to protect themselves and their families.